How to Get Super Glue off Hardwood Floors (2 Easy Tips)

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Your home improvement project might be going on fine until you have to deal with the aftermath of glues on your hardwood floors. And in such a case, you must understand how to get super glue off hardwood floors.

You should know that this is not an easy task even if you use acetone; wood surfaces being porous means that it might just soak up this chemical with no tangible result.

There are various methods, like removing the glue with acetone or sanding it with sandpaper grit.

In this article, we will be discussing two practical ways you can apply to get rid of superglue from your hardwood floors.

How To Get Super Glue Off Hardwood Floor

Super glue is a powerful adhesive that forms lasting bonds in seconds, especially on hardwood floors.

It is easier dealing with superglue on hardwood floors when it is still wet, but since superglue dries up in seconds, that might not exactly be possible.

Now, let’s get to known methods that can remove stubborn glues off your beautiful hardwood floor.

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Method 1: Use Acetone

Of course, acetone should be your first go-to method to remove glues off hardwood floors. 

With the right method, you won’t have to deal with discolored wood surfaces after using acetone. 

The trick is to apply acetone on the affected surface in small, repeated dosage so as not to damage your wood. 

Start by reducing the intensity of acetone by mixing it with water. 

Next, dip cotton balls into the mixture and dab on the affected area (the use of cotton balls is to control the amount of liquid that comes into contact with the glue and the wood). 

Dab or rub at the glue multiple times, then give it like 3-5 minutes to work. 

Then clean it off with a dry cloth and repeat the process again. 

Note that this method is slow and steady, so you will have to repeat the process over and over again until the glue softens.

So, while acetone is known to damage hardwood floors, using this method ensures that it won’t hurt the surface.

Once the glue does begin to soften, use a spatula to wedge off the glue, then paint the wood with oil if the wood surface is unpainted.

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Method 2: Sanding Method

If you’re apprehensive that acetone will damage your beautiful hardwood floors, then maybe you should opt for the sanding method. For this method, you will need the following supplies:

  • 600 grit wet dry sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • 1200 grit sandpaper
  • Furniture polish and rubbing compound (for high gloss finishes)
  • 0000-Steel wool and lemon oil (for satin or dull finishes)
  • Hard, flat sanding block
  • Soft cloths

Start by protecting the affected area by applying masking tape around the glued areas.

Then use the 600-grit wet-dry sandpaper to sand away the glue. If you still have some residual glue, switch to the 1200 grit sandpaper to remove the final layers of the glue. 

While the sandpaper will effectively remove the glue, it will definitely leave some marks, which will require you to repair the damage to the surface.

To remove the damaged surface, apply a high-quality polish to restore the shine to the area if the finish is high gloss. 

For areas with a satin or dull finish, lemon oil on the 0000-steel wool can effectively take care of it. 

Rub the lemon oil on the 0000-steel wool and grind it in the direction of the grain.

Clean the surface with a soft cloth to remove the remaining oil and finish off with a quality polish.


Dealing with superglue on hardwood surfaces shouldn’t be so difficult. 

Provided you follow the steps outlined here, the whole procedure should be easy-peasy.

A little super glue on your hardwood floor shouldn’t deter you from embarking on your home improvement project. 

We hope this post answers all the questions you have on how to get super glue off hardwood floors.

Good Luck!

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